AMI's international conference on polymers in Barrier Pharma Packaging 2014 took place October 14-15, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel, in Princeton, NJ, the heart of one of the top pharmaceutical manufacturing regions of North America. This event focused on polymers in drug and pharmaco-biologics packaging including blister, stick, strip and bottles.
The pharmaceutical industry is facing ever increasing demands on drug packaging as safety requirements specify child resistant (CR) and senior friendly (SF) formats. In addition, the medical profession wants patient compliance to improve for prescription medication and this can be achieved with formats like blister packaging imprinted with days of the week over each tablet and inbuilt monitoring electronics. Generic over the counter (OTC) medications have other requirements, mainly being sold in bulk containers and in this case cost is a primary driver in material selection.
There is big issue with fake pharmaceuticals entering the market and this is being combatted by the introduction of traceability and inbuilt anti-counterfeit measures in packaging.
Many patients find oral solid medication hard to swallow, so there are innovations in the drug formats including tablets (ODT) and films (ODF) that are placed into packaging in a liquid or gel format and then evaporated to give a quick dissolve solid. This presents a challenge for the packaging materials, which have to withstand the drying process and provide the highest level of water barrier (WVTR) due to the high moisture sensitivity of these products.
There is growth in biologics in the market and these require a re-think in terms of packaging and protein interactions.
Barrier Pharma Packaging 2014 brought together pharmaceutical experts and polymer suppliers, and aims to cover all aspects from innovative pharmaceuticals and how to package them, to packaging standards. Experts in pharmaceutical packaging specification, design, manufacture and testing along with polymer producers and machinery suppliers were invited to network and debate the latest developments in markets, technical and regulatory issues, economics and production technology.
Companies that have previously attended Medical Grade Polymers:
A Actega Ds GmbH - Adhesives Research, Inc. - Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. -Agion Technologies, Inc. - Akron Rubber Development Lab - Albemarle Corporation - Alfred Mann Foundation - Altrika Ltd. - American Plastics Technologies, Inc. - American Renolit Corporation - Americhem, Inc. - Ametek - Westchester Plastics - Ampacet Corporation - Ampersand Ventures - Anasys Instruments - Angiodynamics - Animas Corporation - Aortech Biomaterials - Apple Rubber Products - Arkema, Inc. - Altuglas International - Arsenal Medical, Inc. - Arthrex, Inc. - Atrion Medical Products, Inc. - Avery Dennison Medical
B Basell Polyolefins Uk Ltd. - BASF - BASF Future Business Group - Baxter Health Care - Bayer Material Science LLC - Bayer Schering Pharma Oy - Becton Dickinson (BD Medical) - Bezwada Biomedical - Bio-GateAG - Biomedical Structures - Biomerix - Bluestar Silicones - Bodycote Testing Group - Borealis AG - Borealis Polymers N.V. - Boston Scientific - Boston Scientific Scimed - Branson Ultrasonics
C C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc. - Calmont Wire & Cable - Cambridge Polymer Group Inc. - Canadian General-Tower Ltd. - Canadian Intellectual Property Office - Celanese Corporation - Ceremed Corporation - Chamberlin Rubber Co. Inc. - Clariant - Clariant International - Coloplast - Columbia Plastics Ltd. - Cook Polymer Technology - Cordis Johnson & Johnson - Covidien - CSP Technologies - Curbell Plastics - Czuba Enterprises Inc
D Diamond Polymers, Inc. - Dow Chemical Company - Dow Corning Corp. - Dow Corning Sa - DSM Biomedical - DSM Dyneema Bv - DSM Ptg - Du Pont Company - Duke Empirical, Inc. - Dymax Corporation - Dynasol - Dynasol Elastomers
E Eakins & Associates - Eastman Chemical Company - Edwards Lifesciences - Ella-CS, S.R.O. - EMS-Grivory - Ethicon Endo-Surgery - Evonik Cyro Industries LLC - Evonik Degussa Corporation - Evonik Industries AG
F FDA - Fkur Kunststoff GmbH - Flint Hills Resources - Foster Corp. - Foster West Corp.
G Gayson Sdi - GE Global Research - GE Plastics - Genesis Plastic Welding - Gl Plastics - Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd. - Granta Design Ltd. - Greatbatch, Inc.
H Helvoet Pharma - Henkel Corporation - Hospira - Huckdesign LLC - Huntsman - Huntsman Tioxide Americas Inc. - Husky Injection Molding Systems
I Incoe Corporation - Interface Biologics - Intertech Rx LLC - Intertek Expert Services - Invibio Inc. - Invivosciences LLC - ITC Corp.
J JOA North America - Johnson & Johnson - Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products
K Kaysun Corp. - KCI - Kensey Nash Corporation
L Lanxess Corporation - Leister Technologies LLC - Lifescan - A Johnson & Johnson Company - Lonza Inc. - LTL Color Compounders - Lubrizol - Lyondellbasell
M Maag Automatik, Inc. - Mack Molding Co. - Martech Medical Products - Medcomp - Medical Murray, Inc. - Meditech Medical Polymers (Div. Of Quadrant Epp) - Medrad - Medtronic - Medtronic Vascular - Medtronic, Inc. - Merit Medical Systems - Microspec Corporation - Microtek Medical, Inc. - Milliken & Company - Minnesota Rubber & Plastics - Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc. - Momentive Performance Materials - MPR Assoc.
N Namsa - Nanohorizons - Netstal Machinery Inc. Usa - Network Polymers - NEU Specialty Engineered Materials LLC - New England Urethane Inc. - New England Wire Technologies - Nittany Polymedics, Inc. - Nova Chemicals - Nova Chemicals Technical Center - Nusil Silicone Technology - Nutek Corp - Nypro, Inc.
O Orfit Industries - O’Sullivan Films - Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.
P Packaging Science Resources - Pall Corporation - Parker Hannifin - Phasex Corporation - Piper Plastics, Inc. - Pittsburgh Plastics Mfg., Inc. - Plasticoncentrates, Inc - Plastics Color Corporation - Plastisud - Polyad Services - Polymaterials Corp. - Polymedex Discovery Group - Polymer Technologies, Inc. - Polymer Technology Group, Inc. - Polyone - Polysciences Inc. - Polyzen Inc. - Porex Surgical Inc. - PPD Meditech - Promold Plastics - Purac Biomaterials
Q Quadrant Epp
R Resilia S.R.L. - Arkema Group S.R.L. - Resmed Ltd. - Respironics, Inc. - Revision Optics - Rex Medical, Lp - RTP Company
S Sabic Innovative Plastics - Sabin Corporation - Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. - SchöttliAG - Sciessent - Secant Medical LLC - Siemens - Simpirica Spine - Solvay Advanced Polymers - Solvay Solexis, Inc - Southern Research Institute - Specialty Coating Systems - Spectrum Plastics Group - St. Jude Medical - Sterigenics International - Strategic Business Development - Stryker Orthopaedics - Styron LLC - Sylvin Technologies - Synergeyes Incorporated
T Teijin Aramid Usa Inc - Teknor Apex Company - Teleflex Medical OEM - Tengion, Inc. - Terumo Corporation - Tesco Associates, Inc. - Thai Polyethylene Co., Ltd. - The Chemical Company - Therakos, A Johnson & Johnson Company - Thermo Fisher Scientific - Ticona Engineering Polymers - Topas Advanced Polymers - Total Petrochemicals - Trudell Medical International - Tyco Electronics - Tyrx Pharma, Inc.
U U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) - University Of South Carolina - US Endoscopy
V Vapotherm, Inc. - Vascular Sciences - Vectran - Vesta Inc. - Vistakon Inc., A Johnson & Johnson Company - Vitrolife, Inc.
W W.L. Gore & Associates - Wacker Chemical Corporation - Waldorf Technik, Inc. - West Pharmaceutical Services - Westlake Plastics Company - Winovia LLC - Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc
Z Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.
10h Technology, Inc.
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